In Times of Disaster, Your Prayers Make a Difference

PrayerI was not going to write a new blog article this week, due to just returning from a ministry trip. However, reports from the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan has resulted in a national calamity, have stirred me. [1]

When disaster strikes, whether close to us or internationally, each one of us has the ability to contribute to the relief effort.

On the natural side, we can help send resources by contributing financially and in practical ways, so that help reaches those who are in desperate need. We can also pray, so that the resources of Heaven are mobilised and released.

5 Ways Prayer Helps in Times of Tragedy

God is not the author of natural disasters, and He is not a remote spectator—rather, He is a God of love who is present with us in our suffering. [2]

The hardship and need looks overwhelming. Can our prayers really make a difference?

  • In the Bible, we read of how Daniel prayed and a powerful angel was despatched from Heaven to wage warfare for the nation and bring God’s message of hope. (Dan 10:12)
  • We also learn of how Elijah prayed and a nationwide famine led to revival—and then prayed again and the drought was broken. (James 5:17-18)

James tells us, ‘The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.’ (James 5:16)

Whether the need is one close to us and loved ones are suffering, or an international disaster on a huge scale, here are some of the resources that are released from heaven when we pray:

1. Prayer Enables Divine Positioning

We can pray that God directs people—through His Spirit or via angelic intervention—to be at the right place at the right time for relief and protection.
When disaster strikes, timing can be critical: the timing of a rescue, or medical assistance, or food and water. We can pray for God to position and protect people and resources, as they are needed.

2. Prayer Releases Angelic Assistance

When we pray, angels are released to help those for whom we are praying. Amongst the many things angels can do, they are able to bring guidance, supernatural protection and comfort. [3]

3. Prayer Releases Supernatural Wisdom

We can pray for Godly wisdom and skill to be given to those in Government, leaders of relief organisations, and others who are involved in practical ways, such as medical assistance.

4. Prayer Moves Hearts to Give

Through prayer, the Holy Spirit is released to move upon people’s hearts, to give pray and go, to provide help in times of need.

5. Prayer Empowers the Gospel

We can pray that the way is prepared for the Gospel to be released, and God’s word of love and comfort to be shared with those in need. (Matt 9:38, 1 Tim 2:1-5)

With our hands, we can give. [4] With our mouths, we can pray. Let’s join together now in a few moments of prayer for those who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, as well as those who are involved in the relief efforts. And let’s also be reminded of the power of prayer that is available to us when times of trial or disaster occur.


Notes:

[1] Here is a recent news video http://media.theage.com.au/national/selections/typhoon-survivors-face-terrible-conditions-4918278.html (copy and paste into your browser)

[2] I write about the question, ‘Where is God when natural disasters strike?’ in the following post: Earthquakes, Prophecy and the Heart of God.

[3] In the Bible, we read of angels bringing comfort and strengthening (Luke 22:43), guidance (Matt 2:19), and protection (Ps 34:7). Angels are employed in answer to prayer (Acts 12:1-17)

[4] Donations in Australia can be made via World Vision here: http://www.worldvision.com.au/issues/emergencies/Current_Emergencies/Typhoon-Haiyan-Philippines.aspx or directly to Red Cross Philippines here: http://www.redcross.org.ph/


Related Posts:

Earthquakes, Prophecy and the Heart of God

Release the Resources of Heaven Through Prayer


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8 thoughts on “In Times of Disaster, Your Prayers Make a Difference

  1. Harry

    We are in need of your prayers and extend compassion.We had experienced a strong serge typhoon in which 10,000 people including children are lost.Sometimes we boiled water just to heat our empty stomachs for survival,oh my God,help us!
    Your charitable gift and generous hands are a big enhance help to us,the typhoon victims.
    May God bless you all.

  2. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi there Harry,
    our hearts and our prayers are with you and the typhoon victims at this time. Thanks so much for leaving the note – feel free to keep us updated with how you are going and any specific prayer requests.

    1. Harry

      Hello Helen,
      I was very happy in reading your kind response.Thank you of your prayers in favor to us,the typhoon victims.As of now,we are crying out to The Lord,asking favor and God’s provision to our very need.We are running out of food now.Your charitable help and extend true love to us are really in need now.
      Wishing of your deep love and concern toward us and the ministry.
      Looking forward of your merciful hearts with compassion as soon as possible.May God richly bless you all.

    2. Harry

      Hello Helen,
      How are you now?we are in need of your prayers and help now,we are craving and starving for food,some of us are very sick because of hunger
      Wishing of your extend true love to us,the typhoon victims.Your favorable reply is really meant to us.God bless you all.

  3. Harry

    There are huge people still needs of your prayers and help.More families are suffering and in the survival condition.The relief are very limited and cannot reach our place.I suggest that if there will be available help please direct it to us here as we are victims concern here.Hoping of your understanding to us in this time of need.May God richly bless you all

  4. Helen Calder Post author

    Hi Harry, it sounds as though you are having a tough time and I pray that you will be quickly connected to the resources that you need.
    Do you have any organisations working in your area that can give you assistance?

    1. Harry

      Hello Helen,
      How are you now?we never forget you here in our prayers that God will bless and use you as a channel of blessings to us this 2014 the Filipino people who are victims of the typhoon.We are still in a survival condition now.We are in need of your prayers with love and cares.
      Wishing of your deed love and concern to us here.Your favorable kind reply is really meant to us.
      May God richly bless you all.

      In Christ Service,
      Harry

  5. Harry

    Hello Helen,
    Christian Greetings in Christian Greetings here in the Philippines,the typhoon victims.
    Thank you of your prayers,we appreciated it so much,we are really in need of your prayers with extend love favor to us here.As the answer of your question,there are no Organizations that assist in our area only our Government but it’s very limited as lot’s of people are hunger and in need.We only received a relief once and it can consumed within the day and after that no more.We cannot fully trust the Government and some Organizations that will help as they have there own priorities and will not accommodated all people’s need.We need your mercy now,we felt hopeless,discomforted ,and neglected.Please we need your heart of generosity and direct your help to us here as we are a concern victims to make sure that your help will surely reach to us and to other families who are affected too.
    Wishing of your understanding with deep love and concern.Your Motherly kind reply is really meant to us.
    May God richly bless you all.

    In Christ Service,
    Harry

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